“I will not chase the Hindenburg”

File this one under “Sentences that will never, ever be written again”, I guess.

…Anne Chotzinoff Grossman, of Ridgefield, Connecticut, who encountered the Hindenburg in the fall of 1936. The shy first-grader was waiting for the bell that would end recess, when the shadow of the airship passed across the schoolyard. With her older brother Blair and his friends leading the way, she set off in pursuit. “We ran across fields and brooks and over stone walls, trying to keep the airship in sight.” Finally admitting defeat, “we made our way back to school, very late and very dirty, to face angry teachers.” She was ordered to the blackboard to write one hundred times, “I will not chase the Hindenburg”—a pretty tall order for a six-year-old.

From Smithsonian Air & Space Magazine’s Lighter Than Air: An Illustrated History of balloons & airships


By Brian Burger

Started this site way, way back in November 1998, when the web was young. It's still here, and so am I.

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